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North Las Vegas City Hall and Civic Plaza Wins National Award / Fentress Architects

23:00 - 3 June, 2012
Courtesy of Fentress Architects
Courtesy of Fentress Architects

Chosen for its outstanding construction management techniques and environmental sensitivity, the North Las Vegas City Hall and Civic Plaza was recently named 2012 Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). Designed by Fentress Architects, the project was completed $17 million under budget in 2011 and as a result of a downtown revitalization effort, North Las Vegas’ new City Hall successfully consolidates the city’s departments into a one-stop-shop offering convenience, efficiency and ease of navigation for both city staff and residents. More architects’ description after the break.

Tokyo Skytree: the World's largest Telecom Tower

19:00 - 3 June, 2012
© Flickr User: Joe Hsu
© Flickr User: Joe Hsu

Since it’s opening on May 22, the Tokyo Skytree has already experienced an overwhelming amount of visitors. As reported by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the 634-meter (2,080 feet) structure has surpassed the previously tallest communications tower, Canton Tower in China, by 34 meters. The Tokyo Skytree took four years to construct and is double the height of Japan’s 333-meter Tokyo Tower.

Tokyo Skytree’s name and design concept is described by the developer as, “The creation of city scenery transcending time: A fusion of traditional Japanese beauty and neo-futuristic design”. Continue reading for more.

2012 London Festival of Architecture

15:00 - 3 June, 2012

The London Festival of Architecture is a city-wide celebration of architecture and architectural talent in the UK capital. It brings architects and communities together to examine how we make London a better place. The theme of the 2012 Festival – ‘The Playful City’ – responds to the presence in London of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Nykredit Motivation Prize 2012 Awarded to Powerhouse Company

11:00 - 3 June, 2012
Student Center EUR - Courtesy of Powerhouse Company
Student Center EUR - Courtesy of Powerhouse Company

Powerhouse Company, an office that focuses on the fields of architecture, urban design and research, was recently awarded the Nykredit Motivation Prize 2012. The prize of over 13.000 euros was handed out by the Danish Minister for Culture, Uffe Elbæk, at a ceremony held at Nykredit’s headquarters in Copenhagen. A practice established by architects Nanne de Ru and Charles Bessard with offices in respectively Rotterdam and Copenhagen, they are an example of one of the new global-Danish architectural practices starting to mark its presence on the Danish architectural scene. More information after the break.

nycobaNOMA Networking Event

07:00 - 3 June, 2012
Courtesy of nycobaNOMA
Courtesy of nycobaNOMA

Hosted by the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and sponsored by Urban Office and GGI,  this summer event involves a fun evening of networking, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. You will have the opportunity to follow design, architecture, development, real estate, and construction professionals at the beautiful midtown offices of Urban Office. The event will be held at the Urban Office Showroom in New York on June 28 from 6:30pm-9:00pm. For more information, please visit here.

Architecture at Zero 2012 Competition

04:00 - 3 June, 2012
Courtesy of AIA San Francisco, PG&E, ZNE Pilot Program, and UC Merced
Courtesy of AIA San Francisco, PG&E, ZNE Pilot Program, and UC Merced

Open to students and professionals worldwide in architecture, planning and urban design studios, the Architecture at Zero 2012 challenges participants to design a zero net energy (ZNE) student housing or administrative office building design for the University of California Merced in Merced, California. As part of the challenge, entrants will also be asked to create a diagrammatic district energy plan for the Bellevue Gateway development. Organized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Francisco chapter and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Pilot Program, in partnership with the University of California, Merced, this unique event explores the cutting edge of energy efficient design. The deadline for submissions is October 1. For more information, please visit here.

Kurt Brunner / Bergmeister Wolf Architekten

01:00 - 3 June, 2012
Kurt Brunner / Bergmeister Wolf Architekten, Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett
Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sterzing, Italy
  • Architects

    Bergmeister Wolf Architekten
  • Architecture Collaborators

    Edoardo de Cicco, Jürgen Prosch, Ana Soares
  • Planning of Structural Framework

    Paul Schmidt
  • Art on the Construction

    Franziska Weinberger, Lois Weinberger, Lies Bielowski
  • Client

    Kurt Brunner
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

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Flashback: Residential Building in Rosario / Rafael Iglesia

01:00 - 3 June, 2012
Flashback: Residential Building in Rosario / Rafael Iglesia, © Gustavo Frittegotto
© Gustavo Frittegotto
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Luis 470, Rosario, Argentina
  • Architects

    Rafael Iglesia
  • Collaborators

    Andrés Lombardo, Mariano Fiorentini
  • Client

    Conystar SRL Area: 147 sqm
  • Area

    147.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    0
  • Photographs

© Gustavo Frittegotto © Manuel Cucurell © Manuel Cucurell © Gustavo Frittegotto +29

House Ijburg / Rocha Tombal Architects

01:00 - 3 June, 2012
House Ijburg / Rocha Tombal Architects, Courtesy of  rocha tombal architects
Courtesy of rocha tombal architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect

    Rocha Tombal Architects - Ana Rocha, Michel Tombal
  • Project Team

    Enrique Otero Neira, Iwona Wozniakowska, Tjerk Boom, Anne Dessing, Volker Goldstein
  • Client

    Hester Molenaar en Maurice Winkel
  • Construction

    Aronsohn bv Rotterdam
  • Building Costs

    € 330.000,-- excl. ground, kitchen, garden
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of rocha tombal architects

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Foss Waterway Seaport / Olson Kundig Architects

23:00 - 2 June, 2012
Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects
Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects

Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the Foss Waterway Seaport, Puget Sounds premier maritime heritage, education and recreation center began undergoing historic rehabilitation and adaptive re-use. When building rehabilitation is completed, the new 45,000 square foot public facility will feature an expansive maritime heritage museum, compelling indoor program spaces (including a K-16 marine science and environmental education center), a heritage boat building shop and the “Discovery Wharf” childrens learning center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

TED Talk: Robots That Fly... and cooperate / Vijay Kumar

15:00 - 2 June, 2012

In continuing with our coverage of the research of the GRASP Lab based out of the University of Pennsylvania, this recent TEDTalk 2012 outlines some of the unique opportunities that can be explored and possibly implemented in the near future with robots that fly. From an architectural and construction perspective, a wide variety of tasks can be accomplished. While still only on a small scale, the demonstrations in the video showcase a myriad of diverse abilities that are achievable.  The quad rotor robots are able to navigate complex geometry through the use of onboard laser scanners and cameras. The video also demonstrates the ability of these robots to work together in swarms for tasks such as assembling a scale building based on a programmable blueprint. Watch the video to see what the future may hold for a fully automated construction site.

Spruce Art Center / LYCS Architecture

11:00 - 2 June, 2012
Courtesy of LYCS Architecture
Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

Designed by LYCS Architecture, the Spruce Art Center recently commenced construction in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. Flush with mature spruce trees and a pre-existing one story abandoned structure, the design is a mixture of two fundamental challenges in architecture: to evoke new spatial meaning while reconciling an existing structure, and to produce a formal language that can be dynamic and strong, yet carefully caress spruce trees. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Water Memory' - Rethinking Shanghai Competition Proposal / Ayrat Khusnutdinov, Zhang Liheng, Alexey Bychkov

07:00 - 2 June, 2012
Courtesy of Ayrat Khusnutdinov, Zhang Liheng, Alexey Bychkov
Courtesy of Ayrat Khusnutdinov, Zhang Liheng, Alexey Bychkov

‘Water Memory’, a proposal by Ayrat Khusnutdinov, Zhang Liheng, and Alexey Bychkov for the Rethinking Shanghai competition, focused on a strategic vision to manifest the undeletable importance of Suzhou creek waterfront to Shanghai. Using existing bridges as the main axis of their development and arranging high-rise commercial areas along them, they created a cohesive system that would connect now fragmented past and recent developments where water wouldn’t divide to play a connective role. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: New Careggi Entrance / Ipostudio

04:00 - 2 June, 2012

The above video, filmed and edited by DUOSEGNO Visual Design, features a look into the new Careggi entrance in Florence, designed by Ipostudio which becomes the ‘gateway’ to the hospital campus as it acts as both an urban junction as well as an architectural presence. The new entrance does not just function as a door to get inside, but is an area for strolling, for spontaneous interaction, and a place which represents the intricacy of the largest hospital development in all of central Italy. Through a new ‘square’, a new archway for Florence, this covered plaza, which draws inspiration from the grand urban traditions of the Florentine porticos, allows for this to happen.

Sint-Martinus / Lensass Architects

01:00 - 2 June, 2012
Sint-Martinus / Lensass Architects, Courtesy of Lensass Architects
Courtesy of Lensass Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sint-Truiden, Belgium
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Lensass Architects

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Chatham-Kent YMCA / Tillmann Ruth Robinson Architects

01:00 - 2 June, 2012
Chatham-Kent YMCA / Tillmann Ruth Robinson Architects, © Lisa Logan
© Lisa Logan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chatham, Ontario, Canada
  • Principal In Charge

    Scott Robinson
  • Design Architect

    Scott Robinson
  • General Contractors

    Norlon Builders; Van Boxmeer & Stranges Structural Engineers; Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon (VRM) Mechanical and Electrical Engineers
  • Client

    YMCA Chatham-Kent
  • Cost

    $11,600,000
  • Area

    50.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Lisa Logan © Lisa Logan © Lisa Logan © Lisa Logan +12

H2 / 314 Architecture Studio

01:00 - 2 June, 2012
H2 / 314 Architecture Studio, Courtesy of  314 architecture studio
Courtesy of 314 architecture studio

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Extension of the Building Academy Salzburg / soma

01:00 - 2 June, 2012
Extension of the Building Academy Salzburg / soma, © Unknown photographer
© Unknown photographer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Salzburg, Austria
  • Architects

    soma architecture (Alex Matl, Jeanin Worndl, Nadine Rossler)
  • Structural Engineer

    Brandstatter ZT GmbH
  • Electrical Engineer

    Istaplan
  • HVAC

    TB Stampfer
  • Acoustic / Building Physics

    Quiring Consultants
  • Client

    Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • User

    Building Academy Salzburg
  • Hvac

    TB Stampfer
  • Photographs

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